His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and visiting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro witnessed on Sunday the exchange of agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, MoUs, between the two countries.
The signings took place at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, and included a MoU on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Brazil, signed by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his counterpart Ernesto Araujo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
The Brazilian Foreign Minister also signed an agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters with Ali Saeed Matar Al Neyadi, Customs Commissioner and Federal Customs Authority Chairman.
The Defense Ministries of the two countries saw the formation of an agreement on the exchange and mutual protection of classified information and material. The agreement was signed by Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Augusto Heleno, Secretary of Institutional Security.
Other defense related agreements were signed by the two countries, including a MoU on strategic partnership related to defense product development, production and commercialization. The MoU was signed by Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, CEO of Tawazun Economic Council, and Almir Garnier Santos, Secretary-General of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense.
Al Hosani and Santos also signed a MoU on forming a UAE-Brazil fund for strategic cooperation and the expansion of the defense sector’s productive capacity.
The countries have also entered into partnerships on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and environmental matters, with Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, and Marcos Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, signing a MoU for Artificial Intelligence cooperation. Meanwhile, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Ernesto Araujo signed a MoU on biodiversity conservation.
As for trade relations, a MoU on supporting exports and re-exports between the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Brazil was signed by Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, and Sergio Ricardo Segovia Barbosa, President of Apex-Brasil.
A number of Sheikhs, Ministers and seniors officials were present during the signing ceremony.
The delegation accompanying the Brazilian President included Ernesto Araujo, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Onyx Lorenzoni, Minister of State Chief-of-Staff of the Presidency; Osmar Terra, Minister of Citizenship; Marcos Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications; Augusto Heleno, Secretary of Institutional Security; Fernando Luis Lemos Igreja, Ambassador of Brazil to the UAE; Rodrigo Pacheco; Senator for Minas Gerais in Brazil, and Celio Faria, Senior Special Advisor to the President.